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Bloch & Monica's Woods Preserve

The 13.1 acre Bloch preserve consists of mature woodlands of oak and hickory with an abundant understory of mountain laurel. Monica's Woods encompasses three lots, 23.2 acres, 12.6, and 8.4 acres.
Trail Activity
1.2 miles, Loop
East Haddam
Packed Earth/Dirt
Permitted on leash


The trail through Monica's Woods is moderately difficult only because of the elevation changes. The preserve also offers opportunities for nature study, snowshoeing, birding, painting, photography, and other passive activities. The northwestern and western portions of this preserve are wetlands, rich with wildlife plus winterberry, summersweet, maple-leaf viburnum, and other wetland flora.

Monica's Woods was purchased, in part, with a State of Connecticut Department of Energy and the Environment Open Space and Watershed grant with remaining funds from individual donations made to the Land Trust's Land Acquisition Fund. 

Other Information

East Haddam Land Trust preserves and protects land in perpetuity for the public benefit.  Since 1979, your donations have helped East Haddam Land Trust, a volunteer, non-profit land conservation corporation, preserve unique woodlands, fields, lakes, rivers and open spaces for the public benefit. East Haddam Land Trust is a 501(c)(3) organization.

Please note, hunting is not permitted on East Haddam Land Trust preserves.

As a safety precaution, please wear orange during hunting season when hiking through or adjacent to any wooded or open space areas.

Trail Manager

For more information, visit the East Haddam Land Trust's website or contact:

East Haddam Land Trust
East Haddam Land Trust
P.O. Box 122. East Haddam, CT 06423
(860) 484-3458
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Trail Tips

Be Considerate of Other Visitors
Remember: Hikers yield to horses, and bicycles yield to all other users.
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Trailhead Information

From Route 82/Town Street, south of Moodus Center.  At the flashing light by the Congregational Church, turn east onto East Haddam-Colchester Turnpike and proceed 1.63 miles.  Turn left onto Southwinds Road.  Access to BOTH Bloch Preserve and Monica's Woods is from the Bloch Preserve entrance, .2 miles up Southwinds Road on the right. Look for the brown Bloch Preserve sign.

IMPORTANT: Parking is along the roadside.  Please be considerate of neighbors in choosing where to park.

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